Curriculum Vitae (short version)
- University of Vermont, Ph.D., 2000
- SUNY Potsdam, B.A., 1993
Research InterestsResearch Interests
Dr. Perkins is a microbiologist with three main research foci. The first is the systematic, biogeographic, and molecular evolutionary study of the protozoan parasites that cause malaria, including those that infect non-human hosts. Her second main research focus is the study of symbiotic bacteria that are found in certain groups of blood-feeding leeches. This project involves both morphological and molecular work and will soon enter the realm of genomics, as the hope is to sequence the entire genome of one type of these symbionts. The third research focus is an examination of the patterns of genomics and geography, in relation to pathogenicity, of RNA viruses.
Perkins, S. L., E. S. Martinsen, and B. G. Falk. 2011. Do molecules matter more than morphology? Promises and pitfalls in parasites. Parasitology 138:1664- 1674.
Falk, B. G., S. L. Perkins, and D. L. Mahler. 2011. Tree-based delimitation of morphologically ambiguous taxa: a survey of the malaria parasites of Hispaniola. International Journal for Parasitology. 41:967-980.
Valkiunas,G., Ashford, R.W., Bensch, S., Killick-Kendrick, R. and S. Perkins. 2011. A cautionary note concerning Plasmodium in apes. Trends in Parasitology. 27:231-232.
Belanger, D.H., S. L. Perkins, and R. F. Rockwell. 2011. Inference of population structure and patterns of gene flow in canine heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). Journal of Parasitology. 97:602-609.
Gómez, A., E. Nichols, and S. L. Perkins. 2011.Parasite conservation, conservation medicine, and ecosystem health. In: Aguirre, A.A., Daszak, P., Ostfeld, R.S. (Eds.), Conservation Medicine: Applied Cases of Ecological Health. Oxford University Press, New York.
Teaching ExperienceTeaching Experience
- Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001–2004
- Museum Seminar Series, AMNH, 2008-2009
- Seminar in Coevolution, University of Colorado, Academic Year 2003–2004
- Seminar in Eukaryotic Microbial Evolution, University of Colorado, Academic Year 2001–2002
- Bryan Falk, Richard Gilder Graduate School
- Miguel Pinto, CUNY
- Was on 17 dissertation and thesis committees at the University of Colorado
- Elizabeth Borda, CUNY
- Megan Harrison, CUNY